Latest CDA Stories

Click on the stories below to read about our research in local and international news outlets.

21 November, 2023

CDA professors among 2023's most influential researchers

CDA professors Salim Al-Babili and Yoshihide Wada have been recognized among the world's most influential researchers in 2023, as per the Highly Cited Researchers list released by the Clarivate Institute of Scientific Information.

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01 November, 2023

One Planet One Health

Climate change affects every individual and every aspect of life, making urgent collaboration essential for a sustainable future. The One Planet One Health conference brings together experts in marine, soil, plant, and human fields to explore diverse approaches to climate change solutions within their respective domains.

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29 October, 2023

KAUST Center for Desert Agriculture and MEWA host Workshop for Saudi Food Futures

The workshop, a result of the fruitful collaboration between CDA and MEWA, brought together key stakeholders who shared insightful perspectives and discussed strategic priorities, policy options, and innovative solutions for a systemic and sustainable agri-food transformation in the Kingdom and beyond.

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24 October, 2023

A handful of seeds starts fruitful collaboration

A close research partnership between two CDA research leaders, Prof. Brande Wulff and Prof. Simon Krattinger, has fostered exciting work resulting in a breakthrough in understanding the mechanism of cereal disease resistance.

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12 October, 2023

KAUST workshop for Saudi Food Futures

Integrating knowledge, data and innovation to accelerate the sustainable transformation of the food system in Saudi Arabia and beyond.

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18 September, 2023

Plant Science Family Night

The Plant Science Family Night stands as one of the key initiatives jointly organized by the CDA and TKS. The primary aim is to promote a sustainable future by actively involving young individuals in meaningful ways and empowering them to take action.

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10 September, 2023

Fungal enzymes may enhance provitamin A content and stability in crop plants

The BioActives Lab has pioneered an innovative biofortification technique designed to boost the production and storage of provitamin A in crop plants. This groundbreaking technology holds the potential to combat vitamin deficiencies prevalent in malnourished populations.

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29 August, 2023

Sourcing a sustainable new vegetable oil

A long-term breeding initiative is underway to cultivate superior strains of Salicornia with the goal of producing a sustainable and nutritionally valuable source of seed oil.

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28 August, 2023

New gene-editing technique offers path to precision therapies

Researchers from Magdy Mahfouz's Laboratory for Genome Engineering and Synthetic Biology have developed a gene-editing technique that provides a flexible and programmable platform for site-specific gene manipulations across all forms of DNA material

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03 August, 2023

An ancient grain unlocks genetic secrets for making bread wheat more resilient

A first complete genome map of einkorn reveals evolutionary origins and potential for enhanced wheat breeding.

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